US 1803786 A
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r May a, 1931., I ANDREW 1,863,786
GARTER Filed July 9, 1930 Patented May 1 931 UNETE STATES THURIJIAN ANDREW, or JAMAICA PLAIN, MASSACHUsEr s GARTEIR,
Application filed July 9, 1930. seriarn'o. 466,812.
This invention relates to garters and more especially to that type generally worn by men.
It is an object of the invention to provide a garter with an extensible clasp-supporting tape whereby the clasp can be readily adjusted relative to the band of the garter.
Another object is to combine with the band a novel form of buckle for engaging the tape to hold it against movement after adjustment.
A still further object is to mount the tape compactly while at the same time allowing for maximum adjustment.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention herein disclosed may be made with in the scope of what is claimed, without departing from the spirit of the invention.
In the accompanying drawing the preferred forms of the invention have been shown.
In said drawing Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the garter in use. 7
Figure 2 is a perspective view of a portion of the garter showing the clasp-supporting tape released for adjustment.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of a portion of a modified form of garter.
Figure 4 is another perspective view thereof, portions being broken away.
Figure 5 is a section on line 5-5, Figure 3, the buckle being shown in released position.
Referring to the figures by characters of reference, 1 designates the usual elastic band to one end of which is adjustab-ly connected a loop 2 carrying a hook ,3 or the like. Secured to the band adjacent to its other end is a shield which, in the structure shown in Figures 1 and 2, comprises a thickness of fabric folded over and secured to the band as shown at 4. The outer surface of this shield is formed with a slot 5, and secured between the shield and the band 1 is an elongated loop (3 which can be formed of wire and has its upper and lower portions exposed through the slot 5. One end of the loop can project beyond the shield to form an eye 7 adapted to be engaged by the hook 3.
A roller 8 is mounted on the upper portion of the loop 6, where it is exposed through the, slot 5, and mounted on the lower portion of the loop'at the-slot is a buckle 9 having teeth 10. This buckle is adapted to be rotatedso as to cause teeth 10 to swing toward or from the roller 8. A tape 11 is secured at one end to the band 1 and at its other end it is provided with a clasp 12. An intermediate portion of the tape is looped over the roller 8 so that a dependin loop 13 is thus provided.
A tab, 14 is suspended from the loop 13 by a link 15 which preferably carries a roller 16 seated in loop 13. Thus when the buckle 9 is in released position as shown in Figure 2, the tab 14 can be pulled downwardly and this will cause the roller 16 to press against and elongate the loop 13. Consequently that endportion of tape 11 to which the clasp 12 is attached will be drawn toward the band 1. However, by pulling on clasp 12 the tape can be drawn over roller 8 and fromwithin the shield 4 so as to increase the distance between the clasp and the band. After the clasp has been adjusted it can be secured by swinging buckle 9 from the position shown in Figure 2 to the position shown in Figure 1. This will cause teeth 10 to bite into the tape and to assume a position slightly beneath roller 8 so that the buckle will thus be held in fastening position. i
Instead of making a shield 4 out of a fabric, it can be made of layers of leather or other suitable material held together by an adhesive or the like. Such a structure has been illustrated in Figures 3, 4, and 5. Furthermore, instead of providing the loop 6 for use as one of the buckle members of the band, a light plate 17 having a longitudinal slot 18 can be held between the layers of the shield 19. This plate or strip of metal can be reduced as at 20 and 21 to receive a roller and a guckle respectively such as shown at 8 an 9.
Instead of providing an eye 7 at one end of the buckle loop 6 shown in Figure 2 the plate or strip 17 can be provided With a stud 22- Which can project through one thickness of the shield 19 for engagement by an eye or other fastening device at the other end of the garter band. In other respects the structure illustrated in Figures-3 to 5 inclusive can be the same as that shown in Figures 1 and 2.
Importance is attached to the fact that the tape 11 is extended into the shieldA: and does not rest either on its outer or inner surface. It will also be noted that all of the metal used for adjustably holding the tape is 10-- cated Where it can not contact with the skin.
The structure is very simple, compact, and durable, and can be made at low cost.
WVhat is claimed is:
A garter including a band, a shield thereon, a member seated Within the shield having an elongated slot, said shield having an aperture through which the slotted portion of the member is exposed, a tape secured at one end to the band and having a clasp at its other end, an intermediate portion of the tape being looped through the slotted member, a buckle carried by said member and movable in the aperture in the shield to engage and release the tape, a fastener at one end of the band, and means on the slotted member for engagement by the fastener. I
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I have hereto afiixed my signature.